Struggling to pick out the facts from the figures? Reality from the rubbish? Sense from the silly season?
We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictor, where we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.
We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why, or why not.
Today’s edition features a Manchester United surplus, a free-agent and a highly coveted winger.
Manchester United -> €12 million -> Roma
Roma have reportedly turned to Marcos Rojo after the Italian club pulled the plug on Dejan Lovren’s proposed move, according to Calciomercato.
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN
Roma are in desperate need of a central defender after Kostas Manolas signed for Napoli. With Daniele Rugani and Lovren out of the picture, Rojo seems to be the next best option if Roma want to reinforce their defence with an experienced centre-back who won’t cost too much either.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN
With the Lovren deal falling through at the eleventh hour, Roma will be cautious in their chase of the Argentine international, who only signed a new contract last March.
TRANSFER RATING: 5/10
Liverpool -> Free transfer -> Monaco
Monaco have joined the race to sign Daniel Sturridge as the former England international weighs up his next move, according to L’Equipe.
WHY IT CAN HAPPEN
Having spent heavily on the likes of Gelson Martins, Henry Onyekuru, and Wissam Ben Yedder this summer, Monaco will be pushing for a free transfer to bolster their front-line without creating a financial burden. Sturridge would be an ideal option if Radamel Falcao is to join Galatasaray.
WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN
Turkish side Fenerbahce are also interested in signing the former Liverpool man and ultimately it could all come down to which club manages to produce a superior financial offer. Will Sturridge replace Falcao at Monaco or will he rival the Colombian in the Super Lig? Only time will tell.
TRANSFER RATING: 7/10
Crystal Palace -> £80m -> Napoli
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha’s future is still up in the air with Napoli and Borussia Dortmund vying for his signature, according to The Sun.
WHY IT WILL HAPPEN
After missing out in the race for Nicolas Pepe, Napoli are set to target Zaha before the European transfer window closes on September 2. If a deal is on the table, the lure of playing Champions League football under Carlo Ancelotti could be too tempting to turn down for the Ivorian.
WHY IT CAN’T HAPPEN
Crystal Palace’s hefty asking price for the 26-year-old could put Napoli off trying to secure his services. Despite Zaha’s quality, £80m for a player who is yet to reach anywhere close to the top tier of players in that position could be too much.
TRANSFER RATING 4/10
The Bundesliga champions announced following their 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin on Friday night that they had reached an agreement with the former Liverpool star, with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
The Brazilian is due in Munich in the coming days to finalise the deal and undergo a medical.
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic travelled to Barcelona this week to seal the deal.
“I can confirm that I was in Barcelona with Hasan on Wednesday and that we reached an agreement with both the club and the player,” Rummenigge said on the club website. “We have been watching Coutinho for a while.”
Salihamidzic added: “I would also like to thank Barcelona. Of course, a few details are still to be sorted out, but we are very happy that we will bring this player to Bayern.”
Coutinho’s future has been the subject of intense speculation for the whole summer, given the arrival at the Nou Camp of Antoine Griezmann and their interest in bringing Neymar back to the club.
The Brazilian, who has struggled to reproduce the sort of form he showed for Liverpool since leaving the Reds in a £142million deal in January 2018, was not in the Barcelona squad for their defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Friday.
Bayern coach Niko Kovac, who saw his side drop two points at home in their opening game of the Bundesliga season, also welcomed the impending arrival of Coutinho.
“I am of the opinion that not only FC Bayern, but the entire Bundesliga and all of Germany can look forward to welcoming such a top player here in this league,” he said.
Bayern also announced the “imminent signing” of 20-year-old French midfielder Mickael Cuisance from Borussia Monchengladbach.
On the pitch, Kovac admitted his side were punished for not making the most of their dominance against Hertha.
In the end, the hosts needed a Robert Lewandowski penalty to earn a point after Hertha scored two quickfire goals at the end of the first half.
“Hertha were a bit lucky to share the spoils, but they defended well,” Kovac said. “We had a lot of chances, we failed to take many clear-cut chances.
“But I can’t blame my team. They tried everything, they gave it everything. It was one-way traffic, we were dominant. But we lacked the bit of luck you need. A compliment to Hertha for bearing up against it. We must make sure we soon collect the two points we failed to take today.”
Hertha boss Ante Covic, in his first Bundesliga match as a head coach, said: “When you play away to Munich you know from the start you can’t dominate the match as you’d like to. You must still believe you can have some good moments to take something away from here.”
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Monaco have announced the signing of France international striker Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla.
The 29-year-old returns to Ligue 1 after three seasons in Spain and has signed a five-year contract at Stade Louis II in a deal worth €40 million.
Ben Yedder scored 30 goals in all competitions for Sevilla last season and added 11 assists. He also grabbed his first goal for France against Andorra in June.
Ben Yedder told the club’s official website: “I am very happy to be involved with AS Monaco. I felt a strong desire on the part of the club to have me come.
“I chose Monaco because I believe in this project and I am determined to do everything possible to go after our common ambitions.”
Former Manchester City youngster Rony Lopes has gone in the opposite direction for €20m to become Sevilla’s 11th signing of the summer, also on a five-year deal.
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